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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Two extensions regarding workforce development

By Mary Jo Coulehan
Pagosa Springs Area
Chamber of Commerce

There are two topics that we have brought to the public in this Chamber article in weeks past: The Generation USA IT Support Specialist Program and the Talent Found Employer survey. Both of these initiatives have been extended. Here is a quick review.

The Generation USA IT Support Specialist Program is a 12-week intensive online class when upon completion, the student receives Comp TIA A+ certification. In addition, assistance is given to students to help find initial remote working employment. 

The course takes place online Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Applicants need to be 18 years of age and have a high school diploma or GED equivalent. The application process has been extended to June 25 with classes starting in early July. There may be a few stumbling blocks that interested parties are considering such as if I already work, how can I take the time to attend a full day of class; what about child care; what if I don’t have Internet access or a computer? The IT Support Specialist Program does offer a stipend to students of $700, plus you can apply for unemployment. The Chamber is also working with other partners to assist with Internet and possibly child care. If you are interested in signing up for the program, contact the Chamber and we can gauge your needs and look at solutions. Let us help you look at options. 

If you are interested in the program, visit https://usa.generation.org/cori/it-support-specialist/. Remote workers are in high demand. Could this be an occupation that fits your family needs and skills?

The other program extension is directed to our existing business. Talent Found along with other Colorado governmental agencies such as OEDIT, Department of Higher Education and Department of Labor and Employment along with Colorado Workforce Center are conducting a “Bridging the Talent Gap” Employer Survey. This survey is open for response until June 26. The survey should be completed by business owners, managers or human resource personnel. The survey will take about 15 minutes to complete. The goal is to query the businesses on the skills that are needed in their industries and develop training for those skills and understand the gaps. 

Businesses can go to https://bridgingthetalentgap.org/colorado-employer-survey/ to complete the survey. 

The survey covers the skills needed in your industry, possible traits that you look for when hiring, educational levels and what the state could do to help improve skills training, and what those skills would be. Not many of our businesses want to take the time to complete another survey. However, by doing so, we could help craft the training needs in rural and tourism-based economies such as ours. Take just a few minutes and help the state identify the skills gaps and what our businesses need in employee training. 

Upcoming events

There is still a plethora of questions out there about the Fourth of July activities. Please go to the town’s website at www.pagosasprings.co.gov for information, routes and applications for the Fourth of July parade. Parade applications are due by noon on July 1. 

Please go to www.pagosarodeo.com to find out information about general and box seating and to purchase tickets for the Red Ryder Roundup Rodeo. Tickets are not available this year at Goodman’s. 

The Chamber has tickets available to “Cinderella” for all performances. We accept cash or check only for these tickets, please. 

The 19th Hole Concert series held at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club will soon be upon us with the opening concert on July 8. The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado is offering four-pack tickets that you can use in any combination. You can use all four tickets at once, spread it out and use only one ticket at each of the four concerts in July, or use two tickets twice for couples. Purchase multiple packs and buy one for a friend. You can purchase these $40 punch passes online only at www.swcommunityfoundation.org/19th-hole-at-the-pagosa-springs-golf-club/ until June 30. 

The concerts will benefit the following organizations: Chimney Rock Interpretive Association, the Thingamajig Theatre Company, the Pagosa Pickleball Club and Archuleta Housing. 

Come out for an evening of food, libations and live music. 

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